Some say that Nigeria is creating more room for individuality but are we really changing? Is Nigeria really ready to embrace ideas like ‘The metrosexual man’?
Some people say that Nigeria has evolved from about 10 or 15 years ago. Some say that Nigeria is creating more room for individuality but are we really changing? Is Nigeria really ready to embrace ideas like ‘The metrosexual man’?
According to the Oxford English dictionary, A metrosexual man is a young, urban, heterosexual male with liberal political views, an interest in fashion, and a refined sense of taste or according to the dictionary app on my phone, an urban male who pays much attention to his personal appearance and cultivates an upscale lifestyle.
Going by the above definitions, we have started to see a rise in the number of metrosexual men in our society. Long ago, if a man stayed more than 10 minutes at a store shopping, eyebrows were raised. Now, we have more men, with the available resources, hiring stylists.
It’s obvious we have come a long way since those days but are we all the way there yet? I went to my barber’s a week after I had previously been there because I wanted to get a shape up for an event I had coming up and one of the other barbers says “you don come again, no be last week you just come?”
Think about the last time you saw a man at a spa getting a facial or a full body massage. You’ll be surprised to know that men would rather pay a few extra thousand nairas just to get the masseuse to come over to their house instead.
We have to ask ourselves why such things happen, why most men feel ashamed to admit that they like getting groomed and pampered. It has to do with the encouragement of harmful stereotypes and lack of societal acceptance toward these kinds of issues.
The day we rid ourselves totally of stereotypes and cultural expectations is the day we begin to achieve a healthier society where more and more men don't feel the need to 'assert their masculinity' through hitting their wives and other ridiculous acts.
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